Today, Premier Caroline Cochrane of the NWT announced the appointment of Mr. Russ Neudorf as the Associate Deputy Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) to help with the COVID-19 pandemic response.
According to a government news release, “This appointment has been made to support the ongoing work of the department and in particular the operations of the Emergency Management Organization as it leads activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“The appointment of Mr. Neudorf to MACA’s senior management team is necessary as we continue our efforts to protect our residents and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Premier Cochrane said. “We are fortunate that Mr. Neudorf has proven competencies including extensive understanding of our organization and communities. As we continue to respond to this emergency, it is essential that we have the capacity to sustain our efforts.”
The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) says it has activated the existing emergency management structures and have quickly introduced some of the most aggressive measures in response.
During this emergency, the government says that Minister Chinna will be served by two deputies within the MACA, with the new Associate Deputy Minister having primary responsibility for ensuring that the Emergency Management Organization within the Department has the required support.
“Mr. Neudorf will be working closely with all deputies, as we collectively address this emergency,” the GNWT stated.
Mr. Neudorf has previously served in the GNWT as a Deputy Minister of the Department of Transportation and as an Associate Deputy Minister with the Departments of Transportation and Public Works and Services.
Mr. Neudorf has been appointed the term for 6 months as the GNWT responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.